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Ride the Divide – Day 13: Over the Mountains and Through the Woods

Aug 08, 2013 View Comments by

The terrain in New Mexico has been the most varied of the states we’ve crossed. Today’s ride couldn’t have been more different from those before it. Instead of crossing a vast stretch of desert, our route took us into the Apache and Sitgreaves National Forests. Over and around lush green mountains we worked our way […]

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Ride the Divide – Day 12: Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads

Aug 07, 2013 View Comments by

Crossing the northern New Mexico desert in August you might expect to encounter sand, rocks, and heat. Add to that; mud, ruts, sinkholes, and silt filled riverbeds and it makes for an interesting ride. Today’s 100 plus mile enterprise involved avoiding the road nearly as much as it did favoring it. Heavy rains in the […]

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Ride the Divide – Day 11: Rockin’-n-Rollin’

Aug 06, 2013 View Comments by

With thunderstorms looming in the distance we headed out this morning for Cuba, NM. The route took us west by way of the most technically challenging roads yet. Surface conditions went from demanding to difficult to I hope I brought a change of underwear. The 80-mile expedition took nearly seven hours to complete before dumping […]

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Ride the Divide – Day 10: Goodbye Colorado, Hello New Mexico!

Aug 05, 2013 View Comments by

After a day of rest, Dave and I were both ready to get back on the road. After a bit of confusion, we picked up our route out of Salida and in no time we left the city and civilization behind. We passed a few long abandon homesteads and the remains of what I assume […]

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Ride the Divide – Day 9: We Need New Shoes

Aug 04, 2013 View Comments by

Today we chose to stay in the Salida area in order to explore a little as well as tend to some needed maintenance on the bikes. I had been in Salida a few years back while touring with my wife and became fond of it almost instantly, so being able to linger on here is […]

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Ride the Divide – Day 8: The Long, Damp Road to Salida

Aug 03, 2013 View Comments by

Moving on from Kremmling to Salida our route took us high above the resort town of Breckenridge by way of Boreas pass. Dark clouds loomed overhead for most of the day but, aside from a short shower about midday, we managed to avoid any real rain. South of the Boreas pass, the route involved a […]

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Ride the Divide – Day 7: Aspen Alley, The Rocky Road, and We’re in Deep Water Now

Aug 02, 2013 View Comments by

Our route out of Rawlins took us thru Aspen Alley just north of the Colorado border. This peaceful place where Aspen trees line each side of the road caused us to pause and take in the view.  Each state we have traversed has had its own unique look. Most of the time the changes come […]

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Ride the Divide – Day 6: Where the Cows and the Antelope Play or, Say Hello to My Little Friend

Aug 01, 2013 View Comments by

A 200-mile trek across Wyoming’s high desert may not be for everyone, but it had me excited as we headed out this morning. Along the way we enjoyed some of the best dirt roads thus far and held on while bouncing down some of the worst. In spite of the severe abuse our bikes (and […]

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Ride the Divide – Day 5: The Kindness of Strangers

Jul 31, 2013 View Comments by

Heading west out of Montana, our route from Eureka on down has taken us through some awe inspiring scenery and challenged us at times. Today was no different. On our route through the outback we were showered by grasshoppers, I had a close call with a coyote, and, just shy of the Idaho border, Dave’s […]

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Day 4 – Ghosts, Gas, and Cows

Jul 30, 2013 View Comments by

Today’s route out of Butte included a good mix of dirt, gravel, and pavement connectors. Sublime asphalt loaded with sweepers and switchbacks took us through the forest before connecting with what I think is called the Old Bannack Hwy. Old Bannack, a fantastically smooth dirt road, goes deep into Montana cattle country. Vast, wide-open spaces […]

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Ride the Divide Day 3 – Rough Sailing

Jul 29, 2013 View Comments by

We arrived this evening in Butte, but it wasn’t easy. Today’s route included some difficult roads. Steep rocky downhills that required a good mix of brake, clutch, and engine braking. Of course in order to go downhill we first had to go up. The rocky, rutted uphills took their toll. Dave had a spill on […]

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Continental Divide Adventure: Day 2

Jul 28, 2013 View Comments by

We headed out from Kalispell, MT this morning having a few miles to make up after our impromptu visit to Glacier National Park yesterday. After pounding a little pavement we got on course and in the dirt. Thanks to a little detour (by way of my insistence that my GPS “can’t be wrong”) we found […]

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Continental Divide Adventure: Day 1

Jul 27, 2013 View Comments by

Follow photojournalist Brian Shaney (on a 2006 Suzuki DRZ400) and riding partner Dave (on a 2013 Honda XR650), as they set off on their Continental Divide tour that will take them all the way from Canada to Mexico on approximately 2,700 miles of mostly gravel and dirt roads for 12-14 days. And so the adventure […]

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